(CBS/AP) Published reports that the U.S. was monitoring international banking transactions were not news to the terrorists who were its target because the Bush administration had already "talked openly" about the effort, The New York Times' top editor said Sunday on CBS' Face the Nation.
GOI: Yeah, how many times have we heard Bush saying proudly that we are/have freezing/frozen the bank accounts of terrorist organizations?!!
President Bush said the latest revelation was "disgraceful" and did "great harm" to the country. Rep. Peter King, R-N.Y., chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, reiterated his view on CNN's "Late Edition" on Sunday that The Times should be prosecuted under the 1917 Espionage Act for repeatedly revealing classified information.
GOI: Now, the NYT is guilty of "treason," and "espionage" for reporting the obvious and the Bush administration isn't guilty for outing a CIA operative working in the critical area of national security/WMD in Iran?!! GIVE ME A BREAK!!!!
"The Times can't have it both ways," King said. "They can't on the one hand say there's no harm in releasing this. Everybody knew about it. But on the other hand, we had to put it on Page One because it was so top secret."
Keller, on Face the Nation, said it is the government that "likes to have it both ways... They confide in us when they want to advertise the programs that are successful. And then they rebuke us if we write about something they would prefer we didn't write about."
He added that he is only a little surprised by the level of criticism the paper is receiving.
"I mean, it's an election year. Beating up on The New York Times is red meat for the conservative base," Keller said. "But I don't think this is all politics. I think the administration is a little embarrassed. This is the most secretive White House we've had since the Nixon White House."
"But this was a case where clearly the terrorists or the people who finance them know quite well, because the Treasury Department and the White House have talked openly about it, that they monitor international banking transactions. It's not news to the terrorists," he said.
GOI: VERY well said and right on. If you agree with what Keller is saying I urge you to send an email (as I am going to do) to the New York Times saying that you whole heartedly support them.
By the way, "Hear, Hear" "is an abbreviation for "hear, all ye good people, hear what this brilliant and eloquent speaker has to say!""
I thought that was an interesting thing.
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